Jackson to visit UK in October

One of my favorite players to watch this week has been Joe Jackson, the 6-foot Memphis point guard. He is currently ranked by Scout.com as the #4 PG in the nation and from my seat deserves that ranking.

One of my favorite players to watch this week has been Joe Jackson, the 6-foot Memphis point guard. He is currently ranked by Scout.com as the #4 PG in the nation and from my seat deserves that ranking and it would not surprise me at all to see him move up from there.

Jackson does everything you'd expect a PG to do: he has great court vision, keeps his teammates involved in the game, passes and shoots well; he would be a perfect guard for coach John Calipari's dribble drive offense. Jackson is a terrific ball-handler and can get to the basket in traffic. He has a way of weaving, pausing and changing directions that enables him to penetrate in almost every situation, although I think he much more comfortable finishing than he is with the interior pass in traffic.

"I've been going to a lot of camps and tournaments, competing with the best players in the country," Jackson said, "I really think the great competition is making me better. I still have room to improve; I am working hard on my jump shot, for instance."

Jackson says that staying close to home for college is desirable, but is quick to define close as the states of Tennessee (he mentioned Memphis specifically, later included the Tennessee Volunteers) and Kentucky. "I'd like to stay closer to home," Jackson said, "but if the best situation for me is someplace else, I am open to it. I want to give myself the best opportunity to succeed."

Coach John Calipari recruited Jackson heavily while at Memphis, Jackson's home town, "His move to Kentucky did nothing to change my relationship with coach Calipari," Jackson said, "me and coach Cal both know where I stand. I have not visited Kentucky yet, but I am going to take a visit during the upcoming school year, probably in October. I'm looking forward to that."

Jackson believes that Calipari's dribble drive offense is tailor made to his skills, "I like that offense," he said, "because it requires a point guard to penetrate and make a decision. I think that is a perfect offense for the kind of player I am."

Jackson praised both Tennessee and Memphis as well and has not ruled out other schools, though from my perspective those seem to be Kentucky's biggest competition. Joe indicated that he is doing well in school and that academics would not be an issue with him.


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